I had a fun two days of astronomy guiding at the newly launched Scapa yoga festival near Loch Fyne. One of the perks for the job was a family ticket for the festival so I decided to take the camper van and family along too.
The drive from Inverness was pretty arduous, but when we arrived it was a lovely setting and ended up being one of the most peaceful and chilled out festivals we’ve been to. Numbers were kept at reasonable levels so that toilets and open spaces were jostle free and relaxing.
The astronomy work ran for two days late in the evening and was in partnership with the Wild Things! group. The original plan was for a late night constellation walk to the beach but as the clouds rolled in we instead elected for an atmospheric campfire, with a general discussion about the stars.
This format worked out very well with lots of interested folk dropping in to participate in what became a very vibrant Q & A, covering topics as far reaching as star navigation, astrology, shooting stars, black holes and stellar evolution. On the Saturday evening some people stayed for the whole two hours, transfixed by the discussions. Astronomy is a subject with the power to transport people back into a state of childhood wonder! It’s undoubtably the most accessible and mind-blowing of all the sciences.
By all accounts the festival was a great success and I wish the organisers lots of luck with Scapa 2019.